Monday, December 14, 2009

Doors of Welcome...


Louisiana style, deep down in Cajun Country where there is always a spice of life and a reason to celebrate...


There are 10 more days until Christmas...

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10 more days to surround yourself in the beauty of the season until we celebrate the birth of Christ...

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But TODAY, I am celebrating with Karen and all of her friends

for her third {and last} of her Mini Series...

 Doors of Welcome.


Please enter with me as I take you inside, to a world of dim lit elegance...

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Where there are holiday surprises at every glance.

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A beautiful home that is filled with the magic of the holiday...

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And mind blowing inspiration everywhere you look.

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For we are about to leave the foyer and all it's grandeur...

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to a room where the Christmas magic begins...

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Aaahhh, truly breathtaking as I hope you can see what I see.

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All of the little details here...

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and there...

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and the stockings are hung on the chimney with care...

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Now I'll leave you to tour the home on your own. You may go as fast or slow as you like. The decorating details are amazing and if you decide to go slow, you may pick up a few wonderful ideas that may inspire you. I'll see you again at the end...

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Well, are you Impressed? Inspired? Did you make a note of any decorating ideas in particular??? Please tell me as you might have noticed something that I didn't notice!   ;)

This is not MY home silly...just in case you were wondering!

This wonderful home was open to the public for our small town's Christmas Open House. It was a delight to tour. The owners are amazing and did all of the decorating themselves! Every step took my breath away and I came home very inspired!!!

It's amazing where some doors will lead you. I hope the next door you visit will intrigue you just as much or maybe even more. 

Feel free to click on Karen's link below and explore all the

Doors of Welcome...



Thank you for visiting!!!


And thank you Karen for hosting such a fun tour!


Linda B said...

OMG! How inspirational is that!! I would love to replicate the tall glasses that have beautiful marble stones inside, surrounding a votive candle. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing:D

UberArt said...

Oh how funny, Linda chose the very element I was going to pick! Aside from the glass votive holders, I like the way the green ribbon is draped down the little Christmas tree. I tend to wrap my ribbon around the tree like a maypole! This has inspired me to try something different.

Karen said...

Oh Jodie! I'm so glad you posted that home! It was gorgeous! (but the deer in the bathroom would drive me crazy!) :) My gosh, they really do it up. The jewel tones and natural elements were beautiful. Love the three copper trees! SOme of her furniture is just to die for.
BOY! Absolutely stunning!
Thanks for sharing. Oh - btw - I sang your song to my guys and they started busting up!!
:) Back to Lillian before she drinks my glass . . .

Marydon Ford said...

Jodie I am in awe of your home .. the entry captured me ... I can not even begin to pick just one single thing, they are all breathtakingly presented in your decor. The door entry is inspiring & inviting.

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~Marydon

Malisa said...

Do you think there is a chance that drool could short out my laptop? Those photos...that house...OMG!

Thanks for sharing. I might not EVER be the same. I am in house lust!

ceekay said...

Wow, wow, wow! Your decorations are gorgeous, elegant, fabulous!
I enjoyed your tour very much. Merry Doors of Welcome!!

trash talk said...

Please tell me these folks are floral one should be that talented. Is it possible to run away with a house...cause I would if it asked me to!
I love that the front and back doors are identical...what an eye for details. You can bet I'm gonna steal the idea for the glass bricks...clever! Even the food looked good. One quick question...then I'll leave you alone. Did they use faux or real greenery on the doors? It's so lush.

sew revived said...

And YOUR home looks exactly that elegant when you dress it all up in its finery too!! Next year we'll be drooling all over yours!! I know we will!!

The Apiary said...

What a wonderful home. Everything was just rich with color.

Sandra said...


T's Daily Treasures said...

Absolutely beautiful! I can see why you would walk away inspired. Lord knows we don't get any of that festive holiday decorating around here. boo! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, :) Tammy

Sharon said...

Not your home?! And here I was, picturing you in every room, spending hours and days adding just the perfect touch here and there. Well, I can still imagine you there taking in all the splendor. Such beauty! What fun that must have been to tour.
Happy week,
Sharon :-)

Sares said...

What a gorgeous home! I imagine it was so much fun to tour! I saw a couple of ideas that caught my eye, LOL! How could you NOT. Thanks for sharing the holiday splendor!

Jenna said...

OMW! Every picture I seen I mentally noted what I loved, then as I got to the next, I was in Awe even more and forgot about the prior picture! LOL seen lots of Sams Club decor, know I will be there tomorrow!

Lori said...

what a gorgeous home...your pictures really showed off all the details to perfection...thanks for sharing Jodie!!!

Theresa said...

Glory be as my Mama would say! Your door is beautiful and THAT home is decorated in a BIG way! Gorgeous decorations, and lots of it. I bet they have to hire help to UN-decorate:) Have a blessed day!

Maggie B said...

I have never seen anything like this in a private home before, truly breathtaking. I thought it was a showroom in a department store it was so lavish & sumptuous!
Merry Christmas from Normandy where life is a little bit simpler.

Teacup Mosaics said...

Oh so beautiful, breathtaking! I could stare at the pictures all day and the way you photographer just adds to the magic. I hope all is well with you dear Jodie.
OXOX, Kelley

In My Sepia Studio said...

The house looks beautiful!!

kana said...

What a nice home to tour for Christmas. The owners did a great job!!

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous home tour! It's so lovely.

The French Bear said...

Ha ha Jodie, you should have let us think it was your home!!! The only thing missing is the snow!!! We are in the deep freeze here, - 44, C or F doesn't matter at these temperatures!!! I think that is - 50 in F!!!
The house is stunning, amazing decorations and mixture of styles!!! Gorgeous!
Margaret B

Lisa said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour of your beautiful home! You have managed to make every nook and cranny sparkle! It is truly breathtaking!

Patti's Artful Design said...

Breathtaking, Jodie! Total eye-candy for those of us who love to decorate. Thank you for providing a wonderful, holiday home tour in the comfort of our own homes! Your photography is superb!

A Nest With A View said...

That is, like, an exact replica of my house! How very weird!

You believe me, right????

Sandi said...

Whoa!!!!! What a Christmas House. Blew me away!! There is not a single thing I did not love. Wow!

I so can not show my husband this post. He already has been very busy decorating while I am in bed. I am afraid at times as to exactly what he is doing.


Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Well, it certainly it superbly decorated and beautiful!

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Lee said...

I want that bathroom...
Very pretty, loved the chandelier, simple elegance.
Great post, Jodie.

Stacey said...

Unbelievable! I just admire people who make their home that gorgeous anytime. So nice of them to allow us inside. :)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Well, I just squealed with delight at each new picture. Truly a Christmas decor dream! That front porch just knocks me out! Thanks for posting the photos it was a real treat!
big hugs,

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

You are so much fun!
That house is amazing and thank you for taking us on a tour.
What a lot of time it must have taken to decorate it all.
This is a great way to start the day.

I hope that all is well with you and you are having a great week.


Lou Cinda said...

Inspired???? I am flippin blown away!!! Gorgeous!! I mean simply gorgeous!!

I am going to have to go through again cos' I KNOW I missed stuff!!

Thanks for sharing!

Lou Cinda :)

Shelia said...

What a beautiful home! From the front door to all through the house! Gorgeous! Thanks for the tour.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Victorian Parlor said...

Wow! That house is absolutely beautiful!!! I'm so glad that you took pictures to share:).



June said...

You got some fabulous shots of this gorgeous place! Even 'Ghost Girl' that hubs works for doesn't do it like this! At least here at the Hailey house.
This was an amazing walk through.

I know, I know, I can't believe I get so stressed over a couple inches of hair, but you wait till you're my age!lol

Cindy-Stitches-N-Stuff said...

Hi Jodie, you are such a cute host. Loved the tour. I don't remember where you live, but there are none of those houses around her. It looks like a southern vintage home. My mouth was droped the whole time. Thank you,

Merry Christmas Jodie, I won't see you again until after the hollidays. I'm sewing up a storm.

You comments always make me feel so good.


Charlene said...

Oh.My.Goodness. I can't even begin to imagine such beauty--it's absolutely breathtaking.

Mollye said...

Hey woman, Love the tour and appreciate you sharing with us. The little trees with the green and bronze is amazing. Happy Holidays, Mollye dtr and sil are going to the game Saturday ! Yay

Obee Designs said...

Be still my heart! Wow,it is all sooo beautiful!! I think I'm in love. Thanks for sharing such an amazing home!
Warmest Holiday Wishes to you and your family!
I will be back for more loveliness!!

Obee Designs said...

Hi Jodie!
Thanks for coming to checkout my blog! So exciting, a new friend and follower :)
I was just looking at some of your older posts and saw that you just lost your father. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my father 18 months ago to a 10 year battle with heart disease, that basically robbed my father of his mental and physical faculties. It is heart breaking to visit someone who no longer knows who you are. It profoundly affected my daughter, who chooses to remember her grandfather as the vivacious artistic man she knew and loved, not the one the disease changed him into.
I know this holiday will be hard for you and your family. I will be thinking of you and hope it will somehow be ok.

I am glad we met. I know we share more in common than we probably realize :)
Have a wonderful day!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

WOW! What a tour - everything is just absolutely beautiful... Love the rich colors and everything is just a vision of loveliness!


zandra said...

Sorry, I'm late for the party! I popped in yesterday really quick. But, wanted to come back to soak in all that creativity! Oh my gosh, it's breathtaking. It really left me speechless, that's why I had to come today to soak it all in again. lol I can't even begin to imagine how long that takes! I didn't get everything finish for the party, but have it done now and will share next week after my cookie swap party. Hoping Christmas will bring you some joy. Bigz hugz, Z

shabbyscraps said...

xoxo, Tiffany

cindy said...

wow....just gorgeous!

yapping cat

Christine Edwards said...

Truly a gorgeous home...everything looks so natural and effortless. A look I've yet, or may never, achieve. Thank you for sharing!

Frippery said...

Wow, opulent, over the top! You captured it well with that camera of yours!!! Thanks for sharing the tour Jodie! Hugs, Pam

Sandra Evertson said...

Jaw drop Gorgeous!!
Sandra Evertson

debi said...

Wow! My mouth is still hanging open! LOL
That was amazing! Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas!

Stephenie said...

OMG!!! Jodie, this post is just breathe taking!!!! I just got done wiping the drool up off the table(hehe).. I looooooove the fireplace and bathroom sink... I acutally just love the whole darn post..Just gorgeous!!!!
Hope all is well...

Jane said...

That was a beautiful tour. They did an amazing job decorating and you did an amazing job with the pictures!
My Mom and I went on the Christmas Home Tour in my hometown. There were some lovely homes on the tour but nothing decorated to this degree.

Obee Designs said...

Hi Jodie,
Thank your for your lovely response. I am sure your father is happy to be with your mother now. I found a beautiful poem at French Larkspur you need to see...called I'll be with Jesus this Christmas...get your tissues out.
Have a wonderful day!
I will talk to you soon!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful and simply fun front entry! Love the decorations from the chandelier. I have one, never thought of decorating it. Maybe next year.